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Man charged with murder in Brooklyn Park woman's death

James Alvin Hill Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office
James Alvin Hill

Updated: August 23, 2019 03:22 PM

A Minneapolis man has been charged in connection to a homicide in Brooklyn Park.

Court records show that James Alvin Hill, 31, is charged with second-degree murder.

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According to a criminal complaint, Brooklyn Park Police officers were flagged down by a group of people near the intersection of Brookdale Drive and Zane Avenue at about 4:20 p.m. on Wednesday. Officers were directed to a woman who was lying on the ground in a parking lot for the Gold Key Mall. Witnesses told officers the woman had just been shot, and she appeared motionless and unresponsive.

The complaint states officers immediately began lifesaving efforts until paramedics arrived, and she was then transported to a hospital, but later died there.

Officers at the scene talked to several witnesses who said the woman had walked into a hair salon at the mall and was met by a black man, later identified as Hill. According to the complaint, Hill asked the woman if she remembered him and the two then hugged. Witnesses in the salon told officers Hill asked her to come outside to see something, and moments later heard a loud bang and saw the woman fall to the ground. Hill then got into the passenger side of an SUV and fled the area.

Woman fatally shot in Brooklyn Park, man in custody

The complaint states that officers conducted surveillance and observed a Toyota Camry leaving a residence on Logan Avenue in Minneapolis where the person the SUV was registered to lives. Officers stopped the Camry and three people, including Hill, were taken into custody. The complaint states one of the occupants was identified as the driver of the SUV after the shooting, DeShawn Marvell Slaughter.

After executing a search warrant, officers found an inhaler with the victim's name on it and also a purse matching the description of the one taken from the victim. The complaint states Hill later admitted to shooting the woman and taking her purse, and also said Slaughter was driving. Officers also later found the 9mm handgun believed to have been used in the shooting.

If convicted, Hill faces up to 40 years in prison.

A separate complaint shows Slaughter was charged with aiding an offender to avoid arrest. If convicted, Slaughter faces up to three years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.

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